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Immigration protester’s wrongful-arrest suit dismissed in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge in Phoenix has dismissed the wrongful-arrest lawsuit of a woman who was a legal observer during a 2010 protest of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

Sunita Patel is an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights. She was arrested with demonstrators outside of the Fourth Avenue Jail in July 2010 when didn’t immediately move when authorities told them to disperse.

U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake ruled Friday that Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies had probable cause to arrest Patel as she stood on a sidewalk and gutter near the driveway of the jail.

Wake also ruled that the individual law-enforcement officers named in the suit were protected by qualified immunity against monetary damage claims.

The charge against Patel for obstructing a thoroughfare was dismissed in June 2011.

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